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For Immediate Release
Feb. 18, 2015

University of Arizona, Monroe Community College Foundation Leaders Receive Professional Honor

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The leaders of the University of Arizona Foundation and the Monroe Community College Foundation in New York are the 2015 recipients of the CASE Commonfund Institutionally Related Foundation Awards.

Institutionally related foundations are nonprofit organizations that cultivate and manage private assets to support the missions of the colleges and universities with which they are affiliated. These prestigious awards recognize professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement, quality and effectiveness of their foundations and the sector.

The winners will be formally recognized at the 23rd Annual CASE Conference for Institutionally Related Foundations, April 22-24, 2015, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The 2015 recipients are:

James H. Moore JrJames H. Moore Jr., president and chief executive officer of the University of Arizona Foundation. Moore has nearly 20 years of experience in institutional advancement. He began his advancement career in 1995 as director of development at Northwest Missouri State University. Since then, he has held various senior-level positions at Iowa State University, the University of Arizona and the University of Northern Colorado Foundation.

During his tenure at the University of Arizona Foundation, where he has served since 2006, Moore successful restructured the board, providing numerous benefits to fiduciary and operational oversight. He also established the National Leadership Council, a group that provides advocacy and support in encouraging further private support of the university. In addition, under Moore's leadership, the University of Arizona regularly appears in the top quartile of higher education institutions nationally as it relates to private gift support.

"Jim's impact on our foundation speaks for itself," wrote Thomas W. Keating, chair of the University of Arizona Foundation Board of Trustees, in his nomination letter. "Judge him by his team, because they are really, really good at what they do, work smoothly together, truly like each other and would fall on their swords for Jim."

Moore is an active member of CASE. He served on the CASE Board of Trustees from 2010 to 2012 and the National Committee for Institutionally Related Foundations from 2007 to 2012. He is also a frequent presenter at CASE conferences and mentor to many in the profession.

Diane L. ShogerDiane L. Shoger, executive director of the MCC Foundation. Shoger has 28 years of experience in institutional advancement. Early in her career, she held leadership positions at the New York Special Olympics.

Shoger joined the MCC Foundation—serving Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York—in 1999 as director of development and major gifts. She was named executive director in 2008. During her tenure, she has overseen two capital campaigns that raised $18.1 million and exceeded goals by $2.1 million. She is currently leading an initiative to raise $50 million in support of the academic endowment and scholarships.

"I have had the opportunity to work with Diane for the past five years and have found her to be a tireless advocate for the students of Monroe Community College," wrote Anne M. Kress, college president, in her nomination letter. "With her vision and leadership, the foundation consistently exceeds its own goals and allows more students the opportunity to pursue their education every year."

Shoger is a long-time member of and volunteer for CASE. She has also played a pivotal role in the development of the CASE Conference for Community College Advancement, serving on the committee of the first conference, as co-chair of the second annual conference and chair of the third annual conference in 2014.

The awards are underwritten by Commonfund, which provides fund management services and investment advice to nonprofit organizations.